Delft, Netherlands, 24-7-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — On Monday 27 July, TU Delft students will be installing their self-built artwork Street Light Evolution on the university campus, as an ode to the engineer. The artwork shows the development of street lights over the centuries. It was previously on display at the Amsterdam Light Festival and has now been given a permanent place next to the pond in front of the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.
Ena Voûte, dean of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, is looking forward to the arrival of the artwork: ‘This project illustrates the excellent role of an industrial designer in society: the integration of technical developments into designing. It’s great that people can now see a real-life example of what our faculty does!’
History of the street light
The artwork consists of six street lights that introduce the viewer to the history of the street light. The oldest example dates from 1663 and is a replica of the Jan van der Heyden lantern, a gift from the Energetica Museum collection. The flat ‘tablet’ street light with its LED-lighting is the most modern lamp post. It is joined by more familiar examples from the current street scene, such as the typical Amsterdam canal street light and a motorway lighting mast. All of the lights have now been fitted with LED lighting which uses a light show to spotlight each lamp in turn.
The project was set up by Industrial Design Engineering student Koen Fraijman. Twelve TU Delft honours students from various programmes (electrical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, architecture, industrial design and systems engineering, policy analysis & management) collaborated closely on the design and realisation. They were able to construct the artwork within three months while following their regular study programmes. ‘We learned a lot, especially ensuring that the technology we designed actually worked,’ says Koen.
Amsterdam Light Festival
The artwork was part of the Amsterdam Light Festival last December which attracted 700,000 visitors.
For further information please visit the website StreetLight Evolution or read the press release‘Students from Delft spotlight the evolution of the street light’.